Sunday, my friends, is why they play the game on the field and not on paper. On paper, the Bengals are heads and heels better than the Browns. On paper, the Bengals destroy the Browns. On paper, this game had no business of even being close.
On the field, the Bengals apparently thought their paper advantage was all they needed to win. On the field, the game wasn’t close…it’s just it was the Browns doing the beating and the Bengals taking the beating.
Here’s Part 1 of this Week’s Good, Bad and Ugly piece focusing in on the defense:
Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) passes under pressure from Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson (93) and Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
I try to always find a silver lining after every Bengals game. Regardless of how bad a game was, there is always something you hang your hat on and say that the Bengals did well. Something that showed promise.
Not Sunday. I can honestly say there was nothing this team did well in Cleveland. Even though the defense only gave up 17 points, they had 0 turnovers, had little pressure on Hoyer, and they still gave up 336 yards (including two 90+ yard scoring drives) to an offense led by Brian Hoyer at QB and fresh off the couch Willis McGahee at RB.